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[Home Movies: Lenawee County, Michigan: Highway, Swimming, Baseball, Kite Flying] (1930s circa)

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highway driving POVs (great)
seq climbing up Original Irish Hills Tower and looking down, also showing Gray Tower, Kelly Knoll
looking thru telescope from Tower
01:53:50:05 – great shot (2 sec) looking down from tower at gas station and highway with cars going by (also longer shot beginning 01:52:39:17)
beach
baseball game
kids flying kites

from Wikipedia: The Irish Hills Towers, referred also as the Twin Towers, are two wooden observation tourist towers constructed along US-12 in the Irish Hills region in northern Lenawee County, Michigan.

In the early 1920s, the Michigan Observation Company sought places of high elevation to erect fifty foot high enclosed platforms to boost tourism. In southern Michigan, a tower was placed atop Bundy Hill in Hillsdale County, Michigan and officials sought a knoll in the heart of the Irish Hills in Lenawee County. A farmer who owned half of the knoll, Edward Kelly, turned down the company's offer to purchase his portion of the land. The adjoining land owner, Thomas Brighton, consented the sale of his plat, and construction of the Irish Hills Observatory commenced. [1]

The opening of the Irish Hills Observatory was announced by The Brooklyn Exponent in September 1924. In a gala celebration on October 4 and 5, hundreds of people ascended the hill and tower to gaze upon the rolling landscape and crystal blue lakes in all directions. Kelly seemed spited by the exploitation of the MOC's venture, and protested by erecting his own tower. By the end of November, 1924, his own observation platform was in place, just feet away from the MOC's structure, and several feet higher.

The Michigan Observation Company responded by adding a second observation enclosure to the top of its own facilities, now designated as the "Original Irish Hills Tower". Kelly proceeded to add a raised platform to his "Gray" tower (named as such because of its gray-painted exterior), an act which brought the two edifices to an even height. The MOC informed Kelly that if he attempted to compete with more height given to his tower, they would tear down their own and construct a metal observatory so large that Kelly's efforts would be nullified. He conceded, and turned his efforts instead to drawing more revenue to his creation.

The Irish Hills Towers operated as separate and competitive entities through the 1950s, when Frank Lamping acquired both and connected them with a gift shop at the ground floor. They briefly closed in the late 1960s, and refurbished in 1972 by Allen Good. They were given new observation platforms and as a result attained a near identical look. [2]

The Irish Hills Towers closed to the public at the end the summer of 2000, but remain as silent, weather-worn sentries atop one of the highest points in the Irish Hills.



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Reviewer: Spuzz - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - July 2, 2012
Subject: Doing it for the home team.
Good home movie here. Fitst, we do have some boring driving shots. Not so good, boring and somewhat clunky. Then we have some beach scenes. Holy cow, check out that.. what I want to call a Mankini. was that fashionable in the 1930s?? It's ugly! Then up to a twin tower tourist attraction. Yessiree we're pretty high! (dad doesn't seem to interested), some baseball scenes follow where the catcher seems to catch one where the sun don't shine, and then some kite flying! Pretty good assortment of scenes here.


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